Noted late 20th c. decorative pattern painter and venerated NYC art and philosophy professor George McClancy died on Monday, September 29,at East Carolina Cardiac Institute-the result of complications from congestive heart failure. McClancy received the BA in Art and MA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and the MA in painting from Catholic University in Washington DC, where he was a student of Kenneth Noland.
McClancy was among the pioneer SoHo artists in Manhattan and, later, in Williamsburg. In his early career, he served as Director of Education for the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Editor of Painting for the New Catholic Encyclopedia. A painter in oil, gouache and watercolor, he was one of the early artists in the new milieu.
In 2011, at the age of 81, McClancy was awarded the international Pollock-Krasner Fellowship for new abstract pattern works.
His long and influential teaching career included tenures at St. Mary's College, Rosemont College, Notre Dame University, and York College (CUNY), finally retiring from Empire State College (SUNY) as Professor Emeritus in philosophy and art, where he was Director and Founder of the highly regarded Artists in NYC Program.
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Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1930 to George Martin McClancy, Sr. and Margaret Walsh McClancy, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Cheney Michel McClancy; sons Martin, John and Thomas McClancy; daughter Kathleen McClancy; stepsons Keith and Grant Michel; daughters-in-law Tina, Patti, Susanne and Kimberly; and nine beloved grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the American Association of People with Disabilities (www.aapd.com).
There will be a memorial service for Mr. McClancy, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2:00PM at the Church of the Advent.
Services by Biggs Funeral Home in Williamston, NC